Roger Riordan: Some local birds

Adult & two chicks

Nov, 2008

Tawny Frogmouths: 1. Introduction

Early in the century I was often puzzled (and annoyed!) by a mechanical noise which I took to be a neighbours burglar alarm. However I was puzzled because the noise was always soft, as if it was some distance away, but it always seemed to stop when I went outside to track it down. Eventually a visiting friend said that it was the call of a tawny frogmouth.

We had occasionally seen tawny frogmouths in the district, but in November 2008 I was surprised to find a family of two adults and two chicks on a low branch of a Tristania in the back garden. The chickens disappeared over Christmas, but the adults have been around ever since, and have bred every year. *

The whole family disappeared early in 2015, and we haven't seen them since, though we occasionally see a stray nearby. We know the parents raised 10 chicks: 2 in 2008, 2012 & 2014, and one in every other year.


* I assume they were the same birds. I couldn't tell them apart even when I saw them close up, and most of the time they weren't!

Tawny Frogmouths 1.

Tawny Frogmouths 2.

Tawny Frogmouths 3.

Tawny Frogmouths 4.

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Tawny Frogmouths